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    gabjoh

    I just hope the primary's run in such a way that it won't draw too much blood.  I'm not as worried about the candidates as their supporters.  The local machine in my area, for example, prefers intimidation and suppressing voter turnout.  It helps them in local elections, but hurts Democratic candidates in larger contests.  (The Taos School Board has been a mess for years because of how it was used in ethnic identity terms to bolster someone else's ambitions - half a dozen years after the precipitating incident, there's still shrapnel and fallout flying around.)

    Arguably, they're the ones that brought us Republican Redmond back in the 1990s.  Yeah, there was a Green candidate that got 17% of the vote.  But that was, in good part, because the Dem candidate (chosen by party committee insiders, not primary, when Clinton appointed Bill Richardson as UN Ambassador) was awful.  Time has held that perception up, as he ended up indicted as state Insurance Commissioner.

    The candidate who emerged in the next primary, where voters got to choose, was Tom Udall.  Way better than Eric Serna would have been.  In retrospect, it's almost good that we had the Green spoiler in the special, because Udall's way better.  

    I don't mean to suggest that Hector's got the problems Serna had - he doesn't.

    exmearden: Grab every minute of joy you can. 8/30/09

    by Land of Enchantment on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 10:35:08 AM PDT

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